Soccer Birthday Party

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Who likes soccer balls and yummy cake?  If you answered “I do!” then you are going to enjoy  the fun birthday décor that my sister-in-law created for her son’s second birthday party.

The thing that amazed me the most about her creations is that she didn’t use a die-cut machine.  No silhouette or circuit (I think my brother needs to get her one asap!).  She made the banner and food signs by tracing shapes, using stencils to hand cut the letters and a little support from the computer.

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I don’t have the patience or skills to hand make all my stuff, this is why I’ve fallen so hard for my cameo.  It does all the difficult work.  Today I am going to show you that you can still make your own décor even without a personal die cut machine.

The banner was the focal part of the party setting the stage for the active soccer party.   The banner is so cute with the alternating colors, pattern and soccer shapes.  I love the how much the white letters pop on the dark backgrounds.    I can’t even imagine making this banner free handed.  GREAT job girl!

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Here’s the birthday banner I made last year for the lil’ guys first monkey birthday party.

Here’s the custom photo invitation that includes two cute photos of the birthday boy playing soccer.

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Moving on to the food….there was so many sweet treats served.  She made cute food tent signs that tied the menu to the soccer theme.

Here’s the goalie’s popcorn.  These food tent are simple and fun.

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The signs are black cardstock folded with the white printed label on the front.

Referee Pretzels & MVP’s chocolates

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For the three bigger signs seen here in the pastries she used a scalloped circle hand punch to do the outer/inner circle.  I have some circle punches too and use them often.  If you like to make little signs, cupcake toppers, table décor, etc. I recommend having them in a variety of sizes/shapes.  EK Success punches are my favorite (seen here and here ).   I have a few other brands and wish they were all EK Success.

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Here are the Half-time Refreshments, good ol’ fashioned water.  The birthday boy had a sweet bite and is enjoying the little soccer duck toys.

The birthday boy wore a custom monogramed shirt with his name, a big 2 and a soccer ball.  Very cute to have a party shirt made!  There are some beautiful designs on Etsy.

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The Coach’s Cookies – mini and regular size mint Oreos were Gavin’s favorite.  He definitely was eyeing all over those delicious cookies!

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The birthday cake was a great big soccer ball of cupcakes with green soccer turf frosting across the top.  She made cute soccer ball cupcake toppers to place in the cupcake cake.

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Thank you Tags on all the party favors:  Cookies & popcorn for the adults with a very cute handmade thank you tags.

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The white & black thin ribbon used to attach the tags were the perfect colors for this party.

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The kids were given bath time soccer duckies and handmade fabric crayon rolls (from Etsy) in the goodie bags.

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Gwen & Gavin say Happy 2nd Birthday to their cute cousin.    It’s so much fun to see all the kids together, wish we lived in the same city.

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Great job to my sister-in-law!  I can’t wait to see what you make next.  Hope my brother picks up on the gift idea (personal die-cut machine) that you would put to great use!

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It’s a 4th Birthday Party

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I wanted to share some photos from my son’s 4th birthday party last month.   

As you’ve seen by past posts, I made all of the paper products (invites, hats, pinwheels, birthday banner, cupcake toppers & thank you notes) with the festive & colorful party theme called “Life of the Party” by BasicGrey.    It was so much fun to create all of the various party elements and to see them all come together at the end. 

The party was held at a bouncy place so the little boys & girls could expend their energy bounding, jumping & sliding to their hearts galore.    It wasn’t the best place to get great photos but I am happy we also got some at home too while opening gifts.    The other thing you’ll notice is that the handmade items (banner, pinwheels, etc) weren’t designed exactly for the setting, they look much better at home and we are still enjoying them! 

The birthday boy is ready to head to his party!  This is the first time we’ve done his party outside of the home and he’s thrilled. 

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Cupcakes (stand from Sur La Table), water bottles,  fruit tray, veggies & hats.

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For the water bottle labels I used these printable labels (thank you Bump Smitten!).    Then added Balloon & ticket sticky notes to the labels to give a splash of color. 

For the party favors we had cookies in a bag with a  “thank you” sticky note that was also from this BasicGrey collection.   Daddy & Gavin made some tasty sugar cookies and punched them with Cars 2 (Lightening McQueen, Mater, Francesco & Fin McMissile) cookie cutters.  Unfortunately, I accidentally deleted the close up photos of the cookies.  They were really cute & tasty, we’ll have to make them again.  

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Birthday Boy with his friends & their younger siblings.

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Party Hats on the cute kids! 

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Since the party, one of Gavin’s cousins has taken her party hat and put it on her stuffed kitty.  It’s so sweet & cute that she’s saved it and gave it to her kitty! 

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Grandma added the names of the kids to the front of the stickers on the water bottles.  (thank you!) 

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We had three cupcake flavors red velvet, coconut & carrot cake.  The coconut ones were my favorite, they were amazing with a creamy filling inside!

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The birthday boy gets to sit in a big blow up chair.  All the other 4 year olds wanted to get up there with him, it was very special. 

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Normally he’s not into smiling for the camera too often but when opening gifts I saw many smiles for the camera.  Mommy was happy to get some great photos.

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Happy 4th Birthday!  Hope you all enjoyed following this party theme.   

I am now working on a few things for Gwen’s 1st birthday party that’s coming up very soon.  It’s so MUCH fun working with bright girl colors (purple, teal, fuchsia, etc).  I’ll share some photos soon!

Thanks for checking out the party!  Here’s one of the handmade thank you cards.

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